The Dallas Cowboys signed Michael Sam, who is working to become the first openly gay athlete to play in the NFL. Dallas was near the bottom of the league rankings for multiple categories on defense, so signing the former Southeastern Conference co-defensive player of the year to their practice squad is a step in the right direction. “We’re bringing a player in we wanted to see on the practice field and got nothing but good reports about him from our people and the people in St. Louis. We just want to give him a chance to come in and see if he can help our football team,” said Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett.
Any team can sign Sam off of Dallas’ practice squad, but would have to put him on the active 53-man roster for a minimum of four weeks. Practice-squad players make $6,300 a week which equals over $100,000 for a full season. If Sam makes it to the active 53-man roster, his pay will increase to $24,706 a week. Sam made it to the final round of preseason cuts before being released by the St. Louis Rams last week. Dallas heads into the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers with many holes in their defense after a season where they gave up the most yards in the league and third-most in NFL history.